As Funcom has been quite since December 22, the fears about the future of this game is more present for me than ever, speially after reading they last Weekly Community Newsletter of December 19 which reads:
“Come January 31st, the game will have been available for two years! We have several more updates and bug fixes to roll out, after all, including 4 more dungeons that we still haven’t revealed yet!.. …Going forward, our current focus is improving the core aspects of Conan Exiles in the next couple of months. This includes improving the Purge, fixing exploits, and improving AI and thralls”.
This is heart breaking since the current content of the game is getting old and fast, this along with statements about how the map is completed and the possibility that mounts and sorcery never see the light of day, make very difficult to find a reason to get back to the game and I doubt that 4 new dungeons are enough to bring players back… not to compare since is a diferent genre, but heck, Skyrim is like 9 years old and I haven’t seen all the dungeons nor visited all the cities yet… much less compleated all the quest of vanilla. All of this is amplified with the lack of replayability or real objectives of the old dungeons (without talking about the simplicity of their design), lore, immersive and light story-telling elements and overall new mechanics in the game.
The pet system, new God and dungeon was released on Octuber 9, which seems ages away (and seems far too small in comparison with the last big update that came with the launch wich was the jungle and volcano biomes with new religion, dungeons, creatures, armors, weaponds and more) really didn’t impresed me that much and is too similar to the Thral system IMO…
Now Funcom has just stoped talking about future big updates, mechanics and additions to the map, and are only talking about bug fixing and small improvement.
Don’t get me wrong, the core game is awesome, the multiplayer is a lot of fun and there’s an inherent appeal to the hyborian universe and the atmosphere of the game, that makes me want to play it more than Witcher 3 or Skirim in SOLO, even if it has a third of the content in comparison to those games, so clearly Funcom did a lot of things right. But I don’t know if this narrative indicates the end of Conan Exiles’ expansions, it sure sound like it, specially since they are now working in the single player focused game with Conan as the protagonist (which I’m dying to play).
I hope that before closing shop, Conan exiles goes out with a big bang… with an update so big and overwhelming that allow for PVP, PVE and SOLO players to comeback to the game constantly for many years to come, an even atract many new players. In any case it has been a nice ride and I was worth every penni for me. Let’s see what the future holds.